Welcome to the San Gabriel Area Neighborhood Association (SGANA) website! Our neighborhood is located in the NE heights of Albuquerque, NM and is bounded on the North by Montgomery Blvd., Morris St. to the East, Comanche Rd. to the South and Eubank Blvd to the West. Our Mission is to promote and protect the interests of the neighborhood residents. We do this by providing a link to city government activities, maximizing property values, and helping make the neighborhood a safe and enjoyable place.
Become a member of SGANA!
Annual SGANA dues are $10.00 for October through September. Simply mail us a check with your completed Membership form. Visit our Membership page for details
SGANA Annual Meeting
The San Gabriel Area Neighborhood Association is having it’s Annual Meeting in the Mitchell Elementary School Cafeteria (Inca entrance) at 6 pm, October 16, 2017. The Agenda includes a crime prevention presentation from APD, an Open Forum, Annual Reports and Election of Officers. Please come to meet neighbors, hear what you can do about crime and consider serving on the SGANA Board!
SGANA Summer Meet & Greet
On Sunday, August 27, 2017 our neighbors met for a dog-friendly event that included free refreshments from Pop-Pop’s and featured the City Parks and Recreation Rock Climbing Wall. Two $50 gift certificates (1 for pets & 1 for people) were awarded in raffle drawings. Home-made sweets were also provided. Several Albuquerque Police Officers attended, mingling with neighbors and playing games with the younger folks. SGANA appreciates their presence and the support of Fernando L. Aragon, Commander of APD’s Foothills Area Command.
New Marble Tap Room – Trying to Become a Good Neighbor
Many of you are aware, and some undoubtedly have enjoyed, the new Marble Heights Brewery & Tap Room that opened on Montgomery Blvd. However, its opening has not been without problems. Our neighbors on the North end of Pitt St have reported parking problems and those whose property is directly adjacent to the Tap Room must deal with noise as well as smoke and odors from the Food trucks.
Neighborhood involvement with the tap room began long before it opened when Marble requested a zoning variance to brew beer on premises. Neighbors and SGANA testified at the zoning hearing and requested a sound wall. While it is somewhat debatable if a sound wall was constructed, the noise from the tap room patio negatively impacts the adjoining homes. The neighbors on Pitt St persevered and got the City’s Environmental Health Department involved. On a Friday night in Fall of 2016, the Environmental Health Deputy Director, sound technicians and the SGANA President met in a Pitt St neighbor’s backyard to take sound measurements over a two hour period. The tap room was found to be in violation of the City’s Noise Ordinance. City Councilor Trudy Jones met with Marble Brewery and eventually she, Marble and our neighbors on Pitt St agreed that Marble would erect a 12 ft. high, 100 ft. long wall between the tap room and the residential area. This also required a zoning variance hearing to which the neighbors and SGANA testified in favor of the wall. Hopefully, this will alleviate the noise problem, but if you plan to visit the tap room, please walk!
Neighborhood Emergency Veterinarian Headlines SGANA Annual Meeting
Dr Shirley Russman, a veterinarian who has worked at VCA on Montgomery for over 25 years, addressed the neighbors who attended the SGANA Annual Meeting on Oct 19, 2016 at Mitchell Elementary school. Among other things, Dr Russman discussed that exposure to toxins is always a problem, and that there were many we don’t think of as such. A list of everyday items that are dangerous for dogs include:
- Avocado which contains pepsin and causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Dairy which causes diarrhea if too much is ingested.
- Caffeine causes vomiting and diarrhea and is toxic to heart and nervous system.
- Alcohol can lead to coma and death.
Some varieties of mushrooms can cause shock and death.
- Raisins and currents, and even fresh grapes, can cause kidney failure.
- Walnuts and macadamias can cause nervous system and muscle damage.
- An excess of onions and garlic can cause blood cell damage and anemia.
- An excess of fatty foods can cause pancreatitis.
- Chocolate is toxic to the heart and nervous system of dogs and can cause death.
- Xylitol, a sugar substitute used extensively in gum and candy, can cause liver failure, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and death.
- Marijuana is also not suitable for animal consumption and large amounts can be problematic. This can be an issue in homes where use is recreational and also where it is medically prescribed.
- Certain types of common medications such as Tylenol, Advil cause kidney failure and G.I. Ulcers.
- Cooked bones of any kind may appear to be harmless as animals chew and swallow them. In fact they cause stomach lacerations and tend to accumulate and form concrete-like structures in the digestive track. They also have a tendency to get caught in the dogs’ mouth.
- Fake rigid plastic bones are not recommended for the same reasons as mentioned above.
Other items discussed at our 2016 Annual Meeting included a status report on the Marble Tap Room and special recognition was given to neighbor Rose Arnell for her perseverance and activism on behalf of the San Gabriel Area Neighborhood. We also had our normal Annual Meeting agenda items including an open forum, election of officers (current SGANA Board was re-elected) and of course the very difficult Trivia Quiz assembled and administered by SGANA Secretary Carol Driscol. Karen McElroy won this year’s quiz.
For detailed information on the 2016 SGANA Annual Meeting, a comprehensive set of meeting minutes are available for review.
NextDoor San Gabriel
Nextdoor is the free and private social network just for San Gabriel Area neighbors. On Nextdoor, neighbors share crime and safety concerns, lost and found pets, local events, recommendations, items for sale/free, ideas about how to make our neighborhood better, and more. There are currently over 120 of our neighbors who have joined. Visit NextDoor San Gabriel.